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Sufna Gheyara John

TitleAssistant Professor
InstitutionUniversity of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
DepartmentPsychiatry, College of Medicine
DivisionPSY Psychologist
Address1301 Wolfe Street
Mail Slot # 654
Little Rock AR 72202
Phone501-364-5150
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    Sufna John, Ph.D., is a Licensed Psychologist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. She co-directs the Arkansas Building Effective Services for Trauma (ARBEST) program, which focuses on improving outcomes for traumatized children and their families in Arkansas through excellence in clinical care, training, advocacy, and research. She is nationally-certified to provide several evidence-based trauma treatments for children and families and co-directs the Complex Trauma Assessment Program, which provides trauma-informed evaluation services for high-risk children in the Arkansas child welfare system. She is also the recipient of a KL2 Mentored Research Career Development Scholar Award that examines the impact of individual and community factors on the effectiveness of mental health treatments for preschool-aged children. She has published several research articles; participated in state workgroups; and given numerous local, state, and national presentations on topics pertaining to trauma and behavior disorders in children and adolescents.


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    Co-Director, Arkansas Building Effective Services for Trauma


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    2018-V2-GX-0058     (GHEYARA JOHN, SUFNA)Oct 1, 2019 - Sep 30, 2020
    US Department of Justice - Pass Through: Arkansas Department of Finance & Administration
    The ARBEST Trauma Assessment and Mental Health Case Management Program
    Role: Principal Investigator

         (GHEYARA JOHN, SUFNA V)Jul 1, 2018
    Arkansas Revenue Stabilization Act for 2010
    Arkansas Building Effective Services for Trauma
    Role: Principal Investigator

         (GHEYARA JOHN, SUFNA V)Oct 1, 2017 - Sep 30, 2019
    UAMS Translational Research Institute/UAMS Department of Psychiatry
    Improving Outcomes for Young Children with Behavior Disorders: A Coordinated Care Model.
    Role: Principal Investigator

         Jul 1, 2015 - Jun 30, 2018
    Arkansas Revenue Stabilization Act for 2010
    Arkansas Building Effective Services for Trauma
    Role: Co-Investigator

    5U79SM061110     Jul 1, 2015 - Sep 30, 2016
    Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
    Arkansas Network for Early Stress and Trauma
    Role: Co-Investigator

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    1. Vanderzee, K. L., Sigel, B. A., Pemberton, J. R., & John, S. G. . Treatments for early childhood trauma: Decision process considerations for clinicians. Journal of Child and Adolescent Trauma. 2018.
    2. John SG, Brandt TW, Secrist ME, Mesman GR, Sigel BA, Kramer TL. Empirically-guided assessment of complex trauma for children in foster care: A focus on appropriate diagnosis of attachment concerns. Psychol Serv. 2019 Feb; 16(1):120-133. PMID: 30475044.
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    3. Vanderzee KL, John SG, Edge N, Pemberton JR, Kramer TL. A PRELIMINARY EVALUATION OF THE MANAGING YOUTH TRAUMA EFFECTIVELY PROGRAM FOR SUBSTANCE-ABUSING WOMEN AND THEIR CHILDREN. Infant Ment Health J. 2017 05; 38(3):422-433. PMID: 28464299.
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    4. DiLalla LF, Bersted K, John SG. Evidence of reactive gene-environment correlation in preschoolers' prosocial play with unfamiliar peers. Dev Psychol. 2015 Oct; 51(10):1464-75. PMID: 26372295.
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    5. DiLalla LF, Bersted K, John SG. Peer Victimization and DRD4 Genotype Influence Problem Behaviors in Young Children. J Youth Adolesc. 2015 Aug; 44(8):1478-93. PMID: 25869327.
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    6. John SG, DiLalla LF. Explaining Differential Reporting of Victimization between Parents and Children: A Consideration of Social Biases. Behav Sci (Basel). 2013 Sep; 3(3):473-91. PMID: 25379250.
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    7. Dilalla LF, Gheyara S, Bersted K. The Southern Illinois Twins and Siblings Study (SITSS): description and update. Twin Res Hum Genet. 2013 Feb; 16(1):371-5. PMID: 23046641.
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    8. Gheyara S, Klump KL, McGue M, Iacono WG, Burt SA. The death(s) of close friends and family moderate genetic influences on symptoms of major depressive disorder in adolescents. Psychol Med. 2011 Apr; 41(4):721-9. PMID: 20594378.
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    9. John, S.G., Brandt, T., Secrist, M., Mesman, G., Sigel, B., & Kramer, T. . Empirically-guided assessment of complex trauma for children in foster care: A focus on appropriate diagnosis of attachment concerns. Psychological Services.
    10. John, S.G., Cisler, J., & Sigel, B. Emotion regulation mediates the relationship between a history of child abuse and current PTSD/depression severity in adolescent females.
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